Garrison Wiesbaden celebrates retirees and their stories at annual event
WIESBADEN, Germany – Retired U.S. servicemembers representing all branches from across Europe, gathered for information briefings and to speak with service agency experts as part of the 2023 U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Retiree Appreciation Day, held at the Little Italy Community Event Center on Clay Kaserne Wiesbaden, Oct. 28, 2023.
“As retirees, you are strong advocates sharing stories of your journey through your Army life. Experiences that educate the American people about the Army and other services, while inspiring the next generation of servicemembers to follow in your footsteps,” said Garrison Commander Colonel David Mayfield in his opening remarks.
Robert Altee, an 89-year-old retired Air Force airman, was awarded a gift basket from the garrison commander for being recognized as the servicemember that has been retired the longest. “I owe the Air Force a good life and, as it turns out, a long one,” said Altee, who retired in 1973.
Guest speaker, retired Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey, discussed key retiree issues being developed and updates to the challenges facing the military retiree community today. The former Sgt. Maj. of the Army serves as the U.S. Army’s Retired Soldier Council Co-Chair and as the Association of the United States Army NCO and Soldier Programs Vice President.
Installation Management Command-Europe director Tommy Mize also shared remarks with those in attendance, “I want to thank you for your service that you’ve provided to our nation, and for inspiring others to follow in your footsteps and serve something higher than themselves.”
Representatives from service agencies and organizations such as the Defense Health Agency Europe, Department of Veterans Affairs, Wiesbaden Health Clinic, American Red Cross, the USO, and many more – were on hand ready to support and assist the more than 100 retirees who attended from the greater-Wiesbaden community.
|Date Posted:||11.03.2023 03:30|
|Location:||WIESBADEN, HE, DE|
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